Centennial College

MHUB - January 1, 2015
Province/State ON
City: Toronto
Province/State: Ontario
College Website:
Mechanic Programs: Truck & Coach • Heavy Equipment

Heavy Equipment Program Summary:
This program will prepare students for exciting futures as skilled professionals in the heavy equipment field. The in-school training, combined with practical on-the-job experience gained in the co-op work placement provides an excellent start to an apprenticeship.

Successful students will earn an Ontario College Diploma, will have eight months of practical, on-the-job, co-op training at a heavy equipment facility and complete their entire Ontario Apprenticeship in-school curriculum within two years. In addition, students will take courses in advanced electrical/electronics, logistics, plus hoisting and rigging only available at Centennial.

To complete this program, students will spend the first eight months in school, eight months in co-op as a registered apprentice and a final eight months in school. As part of the in-school curriculum, students will train on heavy duty equipment assemblies in fully-equipped heavy duty equipment labs. Students will focus on applied mechanics, vehicle dynamics as well as component design and repair as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. In addition, students will take courses in business, English and general education.

Heavy Truck Program Summary:
Centennial has several Truck, Coach and Trailer technician programs including a Freightliner and Volvo/Mack Program. Below is a description of the general Truck Technician Program.

Students who qualify will complete, in 32 weeks, the in-school portion of their apprenticeship training. An additional four weeks will be spent with a potential employer or performing other work-related activities. A combination of theory and lab is delivered on the latest truck and coach technology using a variety of truck and coach manufacturers vehicles and system components. Upon completion, graduates work to complete the on-the-job portion of their apprenticeship with a fleet, transit, dealership or other employers. Apprentices are then eligible to write their provincial Certificate of Qualification exam. A local apprenticeship committee, Automotive Transportation Service Superintendents Association (ATS) will assist perspective candidates in obtaining an apprenticeship contract and job placement upon successful completion.

"Students learn a set of skills and theories at the college. They then get a chance to practise these tasks in the real environment."

Program Contact Details:
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Centennial was established in 1966 as the first community college in Ontario. It offers more than 95 degree, diploma, and certificate programs on a full and part-time basis in business, communication arts, community services and child studies, digital design, engineering technology, health sciences, hospitality, and transportation. These career oriented programs emphasize practical experience with laboratory learning, industry and agency placements, individual and group projects, as well as co-op education. Students may also prepare for college and university through the general arts and science programs, English language training, and a variety of other short programs. Centennial has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming, and extensive partnerships with employers.

There are four campuses. The Progress Campus offers business and engineering technology programs, as well as programs in hospitality and tourism, and community services. Hospitality students work in the catering kitchens of the 380 bed student residence, providing food service for special functions.

Areas of Expertise
Centennial College is known for its business programs, particularly its e-Business and Network Specialist programs, which provide college and university graduates with up-to-the-minute skills demanded by employers. The School of Transportation with its large inventory of vehicles and aircraft, and strong industry support by partners such as Honda/Acura, Toyota, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Volvo Truck Canada, Canadian Tire, and Mack Truck is known throughout the country for its expertise in automotive and aircraft technology education. The Centre for Creative Communications represents a $37 million investment by the public and private sectors to create a leading edge school for content creators needed by the digital media sector. Centennial's Automation and Robotics Technology program is the first in Canada to earn "key school" status from the Fluid Power Education Foundation as a high quality educator in the field of robotics. The program benefits from strong representation and guidance provided by robotics and pneumatics manufacturers.